Out of the Ordinary … What could be more ordinary than “bread”? The Christian Church has long marked time according to liturgical seasons—Advent leading to Christmas and Epiphany; Lent leading to Easter and Pentecost. And when we aren’t in one of those seasons, we are in “Ordinary Time”.
Jesus invites us to live our faith with consistency. Monday morning at work is no different from Sunday morning at church. The same ethic, the same invitation to worship, the same divine expectations apply.
In order to grow spiritually, the Church invites us to celebrate seasons of deeper reflection. Much the way an athlete adjusts their training according to up-coming competition, the Christian is invited to step into more intentional and more demanding times of spiritual preparedness. We step out of the ordinary as we embrace some discipline or adopt some new ritual that enables us to train more aggressively as a disciple of Christ.
Jesus was a master at taking the ordinary things and transforming them, giving them a different slant or a new and challenging perspective. This is especially true when it came to meals. Something as simple and ordinary as breaking bread together becomes an “unordinary” moment. Our Gospel lesson today presents us with just such a moment. We will consider who is welcome at the table … and we will push that metaphor a bit to ask a question that has even more intimate implications – Who is in the kitchen? And… Who is welcome there?
Message: Who’s In The Kitchen?
Closing Scene: The Long Walk Home